Many a times when things go awry in our lives, we are encouraged and told that “God is in control”, but is God always in control? Is God still in control, when bad things happen to good people ang good things happen to bad people?
Job, the upright man who eschewed evil (Job 2:3), questioned God, when he was afflicted, only to later recount that he ought to be silent before God and repent for his audacity in questioning the Great I AM (Job 42:1-6). Job realized that God is sovereign over all, always in control, because God never lost control. God permitted Satan to afflict Job but made it very clear that Satan had no right to take Job’s life (Job 2:6). In other words, God was not only in control over what transpired in Job’s life, but God never lost his control over Job’s life.
Another example of God’s perpetual control can be seen from the life of Joseph, who affirmed that it was not his sinful brothers who sold him to serve his masters in Egypt, but God sent him ahead to preserve life as the master of Egypt (Genesis 45:5, 8). In other words, God was not only always in control over all that transpired in Joseph’s life, but God never lost control over Joseph’s life, whether he was in the pit or prison or the palace.
Points to ponder:
Next time we have to wonder, if God is always in control, let us correct our thinking to recognize that “God never loses control” and that is why he is always in control.
1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (KJV)
11 Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.